NATPE Survey Sees Upswing In Scripted TV

The organization unveils results from a member survey on the current content boom. Around half both think that scripted television quality will increase and budgets will decline.

NATPE today revealed results from the first in a series of surveys of NATPE members on the future of the content industry. The initial survey focused on the current television content boom to assess the effects that the influx of scripted shows will have on the industry over the next two years.

Survey results included:   

  • More than half of members polled (54%) believe that the number of scripted shows will increase over the next two years.
  • In an interesting dichotomy, around half of members polled both think that scripted television quality will increase (47%) and budgets will decline (45%). 
  • 75% of those polled believe that streaming video on-demand services (such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Instant Video) will play the biggest role in bringing new scripted shows to the market in the next two years.
  • A majority of NATPE members polled (58%) feel that marketing and promotion trumps other factors (i.e., the reputation of cast, creators or platform) when driving viewer tune in.

“This survey of our members’ opinions reveals that content creators and providers believe that the proliferation of scripted content is not slowing over the next two years,” NATPE President-CEO Rod Perth said of the findings. “Future surveys will deal with content-related subjects like advertising and virtual reality, among other issues. These surveys are part of an expanded initiative to further enhance the services NATPE provides to our membership.”

The independent media research firm Leflein Associates conducted the survey on behalf of NATPE between Sept. 14 and 25.

NATPE is currently gearing up for the annual NATPE Miami Market and Conference, returning to Miami Beach Jan. 19-21, 2016. This year’s newly expanded campus will span both the Fontainebleau Miami Beach and neighboring Eden Roc resort.


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